FG To Ban Commercial MotorcyclesNationwide

The use of motorcycles as commercial
means of transport in Nigeria, popularly
known as ‘Okada’ or ‘Achaba’ may soon be
banned throughout the country.
The proposal for the ban was made by the
National Council on Transport after its
annual conference in Enugu State and
endorsed by the Minister of Transport, Sen.
Idris Umar.
A statement from the Federal Ministry of
Transport on Saturday evening stated that
the ban of commercial motorcycle was one
of the measures proposed towards adequate
provision of safety and secure transportation
in Nigeria.
It said the recommendation was contained in
a statement of the week long meeting which
had in attendance all the state
commissioners of transport, permanent
secretaries, directors and officials in the
federal and state ministries of transport
across the country.
The council advised all states in the
federation to henceforth discourage the use
of commercial motorcycles as a means of
public transportation.
“All states and the Federal Capital Territory
have therefore been advised to establish a
public transport system that ensure strict
regulation of the operation of public
passenger transportation system through a
well-articulated management system for
enhanced safety, security, effective and
efficient service delivery,” the statement said.
It added, “The states are to also develop
master plans for the development of
intelligent transport system to facilitate the
development and management of their
transport operations in line with emerging
trends and global best practices.”
The statement noted that the council also
agreed that all commercial vehicles should
be properly registered in each state while
their enumeration should be carried out
periodically to enhance safety and security.

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